“Our partnership with Bellevue University helps us enhance our culture of continuous learning.”
Farm Credit Services of America believes in a culture of lifelong learning as a way to provide opportunity to team members. “We are passionate about offering development opportunities to our teammates,” notes Jen Joneson, Organizational Learning and Development Administrator. “Our Bellevue University partnership and tuition assistance benefits enable talent mobility within our organization so teammates are better skilled in their current role and prepared for their next career move.”
A great example is Charles Sanders, Vice President of the Technical Support Team at Farm Credit Services of America. According to Charles, “In early 2018, I was looking for the next challenge in my career at Farm Credit Services of America. I knew I had an interest in information security but was struggling to find my way into the field. I met with our Chief Security Officer for advice and he recommended the Cybersecurity degree program at Bellevue University. As soon as our conversation ended, I left my desk and called the admissions office to discuss my desire to enroll in the program. The adviser let me know what I needed to do to be ready for the next semester and I was on my way.
“About 6 months into the 18-month program, a position opened on the Security team and I applied. I was offered the role as an Information Security Engineer and thanks to the degree program at Bellevue University, I felt prepared for the transition into the new position. While my education was still in progress, I was able to apply what I was learning and quickly adapted to my new job. Thirty months after enrolling at Bellevue University, I am currently the Vice President of Technical Support at Farm Credit Services of America. Thanks to my journey and everything I learned along the way, I am energized and prepared to enable my team for success.
“According to Joneson, the partnership with Bellevue University is a “win-win for our teammates and our organization. Our employees access education that sets them up for success in their careers. Our organization benefits from a highly skilled, agile workforce that is growing expertise.”